Train Like a Mother by Dimity McDowell & Sarah Bowen Shea: Review

train like a mother coverWhen I first read Run Like a Mother, I was new to running and found that book a bit intimidating. I didn’t know anything about running and the biggest goal I set for myself was just finishing a 5K. Since then I ran two 5Ks, but mostly I run for my own personal non-competitive reasons. Something changed this year though. Suddenly, I want to run more races, even if I have to do them on my own. I’m even…gulp…thinking of running a 10K after reading Train Like a Mother.

Train Like a Mother is written by the dynamic duo that wrote Run Like a Mother, Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea. These women are life-long runners, Bad Ass Mother Runners in fact (Sarah just ran the Boston Marathon). I’m a late bloomer when it comes to running so I need all the help I can get. Dimity and Sarah are extremely encouraging. They want you to be a Mother Runner too.

In Train Like a Mother, the ladies provide training schedules for every kind of race from a 5K to a marathon, created by ultra-runner Christine Hinton. Not only this, but you have two choices, do you want to “own it” or “finish it.” To Own It, the schedule helps you accomplish your personal best while Finish It gets you over the finish line. The ladies tell you how you should be eating during training (hint: not munching on your kids’ fishy crackers) and what exercise besides running you should be doing to get yourself into fighting shape. There’s even advice for what to do when the unexpected happens: an injury or *gasp* pregnancy.

Train Like a Mother is such fun to read. It’s like having coffee with two funny, yet knowledgeable girlfriends. They added amusing little asides and advice from themselves and other Mother Runners. The book is geared towards women (obviously) but the running schedules can be used by anyone. Guys might want to advert their eyes from some of the lady bits talk. Winking smile Check out their website or listen to their podcast, Another Mother Runner (I listen and really enjoy it).

Bottom line: Great advice and fun to read!

My thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing for the review copy.


  1. Sounds fun! I think I'll keep my eye out for this one, especially as I get more into running.

  2. AH! Thanks for the review! I'm going to start running here pretty soon, and this sounds right up my alley.

  3. Sounds like a very fun book! I ran a 10K about a million years ago. Okay, just 17 years ago, but I was much younger. Good luck on your training. I'm happy if I can run a 2-minute stretch on the treadmill, at this point.

  4. I really want to check this one out!! I'm terribly out of shape after having the babe and while I can fit into about 90% of pre-baby clothes, I don't like the way I FEEL in them. I can use all the tips I can get on making time with a baby and a job.


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